Innovation Partnerships funding recipients

Program Period Project Suburb Sector Amount Round
Innovation Partnerships 2016 - 2017
Battery and Microgrid Management Systems.

Central Queensland University

The project will develop and demonstrate two new products for the management of batteries in solar energy systems and the management of microgrid systems. Specifically, this project will develop an advanced battery management system, combining load and solar generation forecasting with battery cycle cost optimisation. This will significantly extend the life of batteries and reduces the overall cost of energy, improving the economics and allowing a faster uptake of battery and solar technology.

https://www.cqu.edu.au/

Rockhampton City Electronics $333,148 1
Innovation Partnerships 2016 - 2017
More Beef, Less Feed.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Feeding livestock a seaweed supplement called FutureFeed could simultaneously help to secure global food security and fight climate change by reducing powerful greenhouse gas emissions.

https://www.csiro.au

St Lucia Agriculture $750,000 1
Innovation Partnerships 2016 - 2017
Transforming Productivity of Prawn Farming.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Together with the Australian prawn farming industry, CSIRO used cutting edge technology to selectively breed black tiger prawns, resulting in increased growth rates and disease resistance. they developed Novacq, a bioactive aquafeed ingredient, produced via the bio-conversion of low-value plant waste from agriculture.

https://www.csiro.au

St Lucia Agriculture $650,000 1
Innovation Partnerships 2016 - 2017
Biomanufacturing Advanced Animal Feed Supplements.

Queensland University of Technology

The aim of this project is to establish in Queensland, Australia's first biomanufacturing platform to take agricultural biotechnology products from the laboratory to fully tested animal feed supplements. The project will achieve: - economic and scalable manufacture of new, next generation animal feed enzymes and probiotics. - delivery of these products into intensive (poultry, pigs, beef feedlots) and extensive (ruminant) production systems. Overall, innovations in this project will deliver new commercial products based on novel microbial fermentation production and delivery systems, along with streamlined efficacy protocols to provide detailed physiological information on animal metabolism and gut health.

https://www.qut.edu.au/

Brisbane City Agriculture $894,704 1
Innovation Partnerships 2016 - 2017
Advancing Tropical Pulses for Queensland.

Queensland University of Technology

This project will utilise a multi-disciplinary team from industry and academia to increase pulse cultivation for the production of nutritionally-dense foods. Specifically it will identify and characterise mungbean, chickpea and faba bean varieties for improved post-harvest processing efficiency. Furthermore, it will develop nutritious, free from pulse-derived snacks and a nutritious, safe, allergy free shake and pour pancake mix. This will result in increased stability and income streams for Queensland-based pulse industries and improve access to domestic and international markets.

https://www.qut.edu.au/

Brisbane City Agriculture $750,000 1
Innovation Partnerships 2016 - 2017
Additive Biomanufacturing Technology Platform.

Queensland University of Technology

The project is built on three aims, each of which will form the cornerstones in the anticipated paradigm shifts in the field of biofabrication from Design for Manufacturing (DFM) to Manufacturing for Design (MFD). Aim 1 - Development of an Innovative Additive Biomanufacturing Technology Platform Aim 2 - Study of additive biomanufactured and patient-specific biodegradable breast scaffolds in a large preclinical animal model Aim 3 - Surgical Training Tool to design patient-specific and biodegradable scaffolds for reconstructive surgery.

https://www.qut.edu.au/

Brisbane City Health $705,000 1
Innovation Partnerships 2016 - 2017
Automation-enabling Positioning for Underground Mining.

Queensland University of Technology

This project will develop two technologies: an economical and reliable camera-based positioning system for locating and tracking underground vehicles within one metre of accuracy, and a sophisticated, multi-sensor system that delivers centimetre-accurate positioning, enabling automation of mine vehicles. These new positioning technologies will provide the equivalent of GPS to underground mining. It will deliver social and economic benefits to the Queensland and global mining industries by enabling vehicle tracking and automation and removing personnel from dull, dirty and dangerous environments.

https://www.qut.edu.au/

Brisbane City Mining $428,240 1
Innovation Partnerships 2016 - 2017
Advancing Cerebral Palsy in Queensland.

The University of Queensland

This project will develop, test and implement new toolboxes of biological and clinical markers, for very early detection of Cerebral Palsy in pre-term and term-born infants. These innovative toolboxes will be translated into clinical products/technologies, such as smart-phone apps and telemedicine. Queensland clinicians have identified a critical need for an accessible early detection program enabling broad-reach and equitable access for Queensland families and fast-tracking of infants to early interventions. The program will evaluate the reduced costs and improved consequences for Queensland of earlier detection of Cerebral Palsy and the fast-tracking to optimal interventions.

http://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Health $1,499,710 1
Innovation Partnerships 2016 - 2017
Translating Incremental-Sheet-Forming to Market.

The University of Queensland

Incremental sheet forming (ISF) is a relatively new flexible manufacturing process in which an infinite variety of computer generated 3D shapes are formed from a sheet of metal using one machine with a simple moving tool. This project will develop the fundamental theoretical and experimental groundwork and the state of the art modelling already established into commercial reality via the validated advancement of existing ISF modelling, simulation and control. This will result in an increased robustness and accuracy to enable ISF as a commercially viable process.

http://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Manufacturing $1,224,000 1
Innovation Partnerships 2016 - 2017
Zero-Energy Sewage Treatment.

The University of Queensland

The project aims to demonstrate, at pilot scale, an innovative technology, the FNA-biogas technology, for zero-energy sewage treatment. This patented, Queensland-owned technology is expected to triple the bioenergy recovery from sewage compared to what currently achievable, while in the meantime reducing the process energy consumption by 10%. The bioenergy recovered is expected to completely offset the energy consumption for sewage treatment, creating zero-energy sewage treatment plants.

http://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Electricity, gas, water and waste services $677,953 1
Innovation Partnerships 2016 - 2017
A Living Koala Genome Bank.

The University of Queensland

This project will use proven breeding technologies in the koala, in combination with in-depth analyses of current wild and captive Queensland koala population genetics and chlamydia proofing vaccination therapy to deliver a 'living koala genome bank'. The bank will be actively managed by Dreamworld and provide the mechanism by which koala researchers and managers will improve the genetic diversity of small fragmented populations, rescue genetic variation from animals that have to be euthanized or treated for disease in koala hospitals, and allow the propagation of additional disease free koalas of high genetic merit for release back into the wild.

http://www.uq.edu.au/

Gatton other $600,074 1
Innovation Partnerships 2016 - 2017
Improving Tick-Resistance in Beef Cattle.

The University of Queensland

Resistance to ticks is intergenerational, however, identification of resistance has not been achieved to date. This project aims to identify biomarkers that will allow the identification of tick resistance cattle. These biomarkers will be evaluated within exosomes. Exosomes, are small vesicles shed from cells containing a diverse array of signalling molecules.

http://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Agriculture $250,000 1
Innovation Partnerships 2016 - 2017
Rapid Diagnosis of Pathogenic Infections.

The University of Queensland

The aim of this project is to develop a technology capable of identification of bacterial infection strain type and antibiotic resistance profile in less than 6 hrs, directly from urine, CSF or blood (at least 24 hrs quicker than current approaches), so clinicians can give the right drug, the first time, in time. This rapid analysis would dramatically shorten hospital stays and reduce the transmission of drug resistant bacteria.

http://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Health $449,886 1
Innovation Partnerships 2016 - 2017
Bentonite Abandonment Plugs.

The University of Queensland

The Project aims to deliver a novel, more reliable, lower cost plugging and abandonment (PA) technology for the coal seam gas (CSG) industry partners in their obligations to decommission wells.

http://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Natural Resources $175,000 1
Innovation Partnerships 2016 - 2017
Health Products from Queensland Algae.

University of Southern Queensland

The use of algae in diets to deliver nutrients and minerals that have demonstrated potential therapeutic benefits. The project will test whether a range of products can be developed from algae to prevent disease and deliver health benefits such as decreasing or preventing obesity, improving muscle tone especially in the elderly and prebiotics for gut health.

https://www.usq.edu.au/

Toowoomba - Central Health $258,977 1
Innovation Partnerships 2016 - 2017
Assessment of Precision Melanoma Diagnostics

The University of Queensland

Early melanoma diagnosis is the best and most cost effective method to prevent metastatic melanoma but the diagnosis of malignancy is not absolute. Metastatic patients have a poor prognosis and are expensive to treat. Metastatic patients are treated with inhibitors but many do not respond or experience a relapse of disease. Currently there is a lack of a clinically useful blood and tissue-based test of disease activity. This project will develop a biomarker diagnostic kit for use with melanoma patients to guide treatment, better predict patient outcomes and reduce health care costs.

http://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Health $120,000 2
Innovation Partnerships 2016 - 2017
Avocado Tissue-Culture: From Lab-to-Orchard

The University of Queensland

This project will roll-out a novel tissue-culture system for avocado, to supply 500-fold more plants than current industry methods, as-and-when needed. The Queensland-owned technology will be translated to multiple industry-desired cultivars, multi-region field validation and market uptake-feasibility analyses (domestic/export). Using conservative estimates, Queensland avocado production could double to 70,000 tonnes/year ($960M/year) creating industry growth and jobs for regional Queensland.

http://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Agriculture $636,000 2
Innovation Partnerships 2016 - 2017
Commercialise Multi-Modal Imaging and Stimulation

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

This project will commercialise a new technique for diagnostic imaging in the clinical neurosciences, and patent an advanced method for medical devices that treat neurological disorders by brain stimulation. This will create a significant new player in the medical diagnostics and medical device industry, with IP controlled in Queensland.

http://www.qimrberghofer.edu.au/

Health $1,500,000 2
Innovation Partnerships 2016 - 2017
Environmentally Responsive Biocomposite Fertilisers

The University of Queensland

Nutrient pollution, caused by fertiliser inefficiencies, is a pervasive and ongoing problem that contributes prominently to the decline of the Great Barrier Reef and increased production costs for Queensland farmers. This project aims to deliver a targeted next generation fertiliser for Queensland's expanding agro-technology sector, as a commercial product for local manufacturers. These environmentally responsive fertilisers will be novel and cost-effective formulations based on urea, tailored biopolymers and functional additives, and a step towards high-yielding, high-efficiency agriculture.

http://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Agriculture $400,000 2
Innovation Partnerships 2016 - 2017
Indigenous Employment, Forestry Livelihoods Mining

University of the Sunshine Coast

This project will support the establishment of a diversified indigenous forest industry which will maximise Indigenous jobs by harvesting timber and non-timber forest resources from areas to be cleared as part of mining operations. Current bauxite practices include clearing and burning valuable native forest resources which can be used for indigenous economic development. The project is supported by the mining sector and will reduce waste and their environmental footprint. This project will provide proof of concept for wide-scale adoption by the mining sector. It will provide direct support to Wik Timber in its committed target of 65 new Indigenous jobs.

https://www.usc.edu.au/

Sippy Downs Natural Resources $600,000 2
Innovation Partnerships 2016 - 2017
Nanotechnology for Next-Generation Termiticides

The University of Queensland

Queensland has the highest incidence of termite damage in Australia. Termites affect our housing, forestry and timber industries and cause an estimated $1 billion in economic loss each year. Current control methods are costly and only partially effective. This project will develop new, low-cost and high-performance delivery systems, from which two termiticide products will be designed: a bait for direct killing of termite colonies, and a long-term barrier formulation with more effective soil penetration properties than is currently available. This revolution in termite treatment and control will have far-reaching benefits for a number of important industries in Queensland and Australia.

http://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia other $600,000 2
Innovation Partnerships 2016 - 2017
New Treatments for Brain Disease

The University of Queensland

Responding to the urgent need for new therapeutics to combat neurodegenerative disease, this project will drive the development and commercialisation of a new drug for sufferers of Motor Neuron Disease and Huntington's Disease. The project will enhance the drug development and commercialisation capacity in Queensland and bring a new drug to patients with devastating neurodegenerative conditions.

http://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Health $960,000 2
Innovation Partnerships 2016 - 2017
Smart Ear Tag for Livestock

James Cook University

This project will develop a smart ear tag for livestock to enable near real-time geo-location and health monitoring. The smart ear tag will have vastly greater functionality than the current NLIS identification system, and cost only marginally more than existing tags. This technology will revolutionise the industry through enhanced animal welfare, improved land management practices and increased profitability. It will form the starting point of block chain traceability that will underpin the continued success of this important component of the Australian economy and help maintain and grow the premium status of Australian livestock products.

https://www.jcu.edu.au/

Douglas Agriculture $1,500,000 2
Innovation Partnerships 2016 - 2017
The Queensland Drug Repurposing Initiative

The University of Queensland

This project will establish a large-scale Queensland Drug Repurposing Initiative based on the international Linked Clinical Trials model. The aim is fast-tracking new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease using a focused drug repurposing approach. Drugs approved to treat other diseases, which have also shown robust evidence as disease-modifying treatments for neurodegeneration, have been prioritised by an international expert panel for Phase II trials to be conducted in major Queensland hospitals and research centres. This initiative will establish Queensland as a hub for drug repurposing while rapidly advancing cost-effective treatments for neurodegenerative diseases towards the clinic.

http://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Health $1,500,000 2
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